New CCTV cameras have been installed in Worksop following £550,000 funding secured by Nottinghmshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund.
Five new CCTV refuge points and a total of 27 new or upgraded CCTV cameras have been installed across the town, thanks to officers from Bassetlaw District Council’s Community Safety and CCTV Teams.
Home Secretary Priti Patel visited one of CCTV’s safe havens on May 6, ahead of the Bassetlaw Conservatives’ spring dinner, calling it a “big move” result.
Refuge points have been set up across the city where members of the public, especially women and girls, can instantly alert CCTV control room staff when they feel threatened or in danger.
They provide full-time monitoring of an area like standard CCTV, but have the added benefit of offering users a ‘panic button’ feature through which they can automatically alert the police of a live incident. .
Upon activation, operators will be able to assess scene risk using a Pan, Tilt, and Zoom camera to secure evidence, determine assistance needed, send appropriate police response, and reassure the caller via two-way audio.
Ms Patel said: “This initiative here comes from government money, through our Safer Street fund initiative in Nottinghamshire.
“They [Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry, and Chief Constable Craig Guildford] have shown great initiative through the Safer Streets Fund by doing only the essentials and doing them very well.
“CCTV means visibility that gives the public confidence whether it’s evening or day.
“With the technology here with this point of refuge, if there’s a problem, they can actually get help and report a crime – and that’s hugely important.
“That’s exactly what we stand for, greater innovation for absolute law and order and ensuring that our streets and communities don’t just feel safe – but are safe.
“We can only do this because of our brilliant officers who are heroic in the work they do.”
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